space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft \

Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

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This is a particular concern for Roscosmos because the hole was found on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The ISS Hole Came From Inside the Station, Says Cosmonaut," 26 Dec. 2018 And the space agency has called on ideas for instruments that could be included on such a spacecraft. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s Europa lander may be in jeopardy after the midterms — and some are fine with seeing it go," 10 Nov. 2018 Industry officials have said that options being explored range from building dedicated satellites, to placing payloads on other spacecraft to reduce cost, to the use of highflying drones referred to as pseudo-satellites. Robert Wall, WSJ, "U.K. Studies Alternative Satellite Network," 28 Aug. 2018 The organization runs on private donations to support its $95 million project, with $88 million needed for the spacecraft's construction. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Israel plans mission to the moon using smallest spacecraft to ever make the journey," 11 July 2018 But on their fourth orbit, the spacecraft was oriented in such a way that the astronauts could see their home. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First space mission to the moon recounted in new book," 21 May 2018 For the first time ever, some of the spacecraft's components will be 3D printed. Justin Bachman, Houston Chronicle, "NASA lunar 'Gateway' space station will soon begin construction," 20 Apr. 2018 So far, the spacecraft's mission is going as planned, officials said. Amina Khan,, "Liftoff! TESS, NASA's new planet-hunting space telescope, is now in space," 18 Apr. 2018 The Crew Dragon 2 launch will hold a rare burden though–the first time a Falcoln 9 rocket and a Crew Dragon 2 spacecraft are launched together in this configuration. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Pushes Back 'Especially Dangerous' Dragon Test," 7 Jan. 2019

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space


space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft \
plural spacecraft

Kids Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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